What a week-end!

Getting the boring pleading bit over first.

We are looking for one or two new committee members to help out particularly at events. It’s not that much work and full training and support will be given.

Grateful thanks to my fellow committee members this year for the efforts – Luc, James, Ernest and Ian.

We also would like to know what we can do to improve attendance at FROGS events. The numbers playing this year were the lowest ever. It’s your golf society, we just smooth the wheels. Please turn up and play.

Without mentioning events in Chicago and Paris neither of which have anything to do with FROGS or golf but are really notable most of you unfortunately missed out on a great FROGS weekend.

It all started on Friday lunchtime when the victorious Ryder Cup team met to celebrate the historic victory over our those who shall not be named. Many thanks to Dennis for organising the lunch and providing the balloons which reappeared on Saturday night to the bemusement of many at the hotel. A couple of newbies didn’t quite enter into the spirit and ordered beef rather than spicy chicken but they will know better next time. Gregor was presented with a new FROGS trophy as the winning Ryder Cup captain which he will keep until next year when we win it again.

If anyone knows the name of the winning captain 18 years ago please let me know and we will get them added to the trophy.

I’m sure some photos of all the events will appear soon on www.frogs.lu.

Onto Saturday morning for the much delayed Bijnens Beer 3 Club challenge. Serge it was worth the wait you beer is excellent and was much enjoyed by all.

18 FROGS, 2 guests and Marco braved the rain and cold just to get a free beer. Possibly as there were beers at the end our starter failed to provide anything to warm us up, thanks for starting anyway James. Fortunately half way round a buggy appeared out of the rain bearing beer and cognac. I’m not sure we really want Hoppy to start playing golf again as his support activities are much appreciated.

Somewhat sadistically the NTP was on the first hole (tenth for the pedants amongst you) and with the first shot of the tournament Peter Baxter almost won with 2.46m unfortunately he was to be pipped by a certain Arno Bottle.

The same Arno then went on to smash a drive past Ayzo’s best to also claim the longest drive.

Given the rain, just three clubs etc, etc the results were pretty good.

Johan claimed the first place with 16.

Arnaud “Arno” Boutellier shot 15 to claim second and Peter 14 for third.

In spite of an anonymous South African lawyer challenging the FROGS’ one prize rule this was maintained and therefore Arnaud’s LD and NTP went down to Mark Gillies with 13 and Gregor who beat Ayzo on countback with 12 points.

Marco will be presented with an honorary FROGS umbrella as the best non-FROG playing for his magnificent 13 points and we hope and expect to see him back in FROGS’ colours next season.

As Ayzo couldn’t be at the final FROGS event later that day he presented some very nice looking wine to Arnaud as the AKD Matchplay runner up and the same wine plus a bottle of 1978 Armagnac for the winner – Mark Houston.

Dennis – in spite of the name, Chateau Montrose is not a vineyard in Scotland but one of the best second growths in Saint Estephe, Bordeaux France. Sorry.

The Bijnens Pink Ball appropriately an empty beer bottle was hard fought over.

Neil Underwood’s 5 points wasn’t bad enough, nor was Paul Goes’s 4 points as having only sored 1 point on the last 3 holes step forward Mr Andrew Paton who took the honours on reverse countback.e

The prize giving took place in the halfway house and many bottles of the aforementioned Bijnens beer (http://bijnensbeer.com/home live following the official launch in Belgium later this month) were partaken of and the general conclusion was that it was a very fine ale. Many thanks from us all again Serge…

And so to the Annual Dinner – 27 FROGS and partners attended the dinner at the Alfa Hotel. I don’t remember but I think all there enjoyed the evening, certainly the champagne and wine flowed freely as did the cleansing ales at the end of the evening. Luc kindly broke into his cellar to provide several bottles of an excellent red wine as a bonus. Maybe that’s why I don’t remember so much.

Somehow most people managed not to fall asleep during the Fat Frog’s prize presentation speech – no idea how.

In no particular order the following trophies were handed out.

FROGS Matchplay Trophy – Mark Houston

Ken Reid FROGS Individual Trophy – Craig Ferreira

The all new Don MacGregor – Dave Moody FROGS Pairs Trophy – Alan Botfield and Steve Brown

The soon to be acquired FROGS CITCO Overall Trophy – William Heath

The Ryder Cup – Gregor Dalrymple

Interestingly the three floating Frog balloons were graciously donated by Dennis to fellow FROGS for their children.

Many thanks to our sponsors in 2016 who have all agreed to continue next year:-

Bijnens Beer

For those who still aren’t aware of the two non FROG related major sporting achievements over the weekend, the Irish ended the All Blacks 18 match winning run to earn their first victory over the All Blacks in 111 years- at least it was our second victory and we only had to wait 18 years.

The other one was a certain Scotsman becoming the No 1 tennis player in the world.

Report from the 2016 KPMG FROGS Individual Championship

On a cold, wet and windy Saturday morning 23 intrepid FROGS, 5 KPMG partners and 3 guests turned up at Kikuoka for the 2016 KPMG FROGS Individual tournament to see who would take home the coveted Ken Reid Trophy.

They were greeted with bucks fizz and croissants provided by our starter Johan and a sleeve of balls and a handful of tees courtesy of KPMG. For many this was to be their only reward of the day.
After expressing total disgust at his plus 1 handicap Craig Ferreira pretty much cleaned up in the prizes.

He won the Ken Reid Trophy for the overall net prize with 31 points, 2 clear of the field in shooting a gross 32 – great golf in the conditions. He also hit the first shot onto the 10th green to 1.40 metres of the pin which no-one could beat.

Runner up was Mark Gillies on 29 who knocked last year’s winner Nick Felfoldi into third place on countback.

As Craig won the best net, the gross prize went to Alan Bottfield, a shameful 6 shots behind Craig. Alan also won the leary on the 18th hitting a pitch 30m to 2 metres from the pin.

The final prize changed hands several times as the favourites all fell by the wayside, although honourable mention should be given to Steve Brown who managed to get one of few drives onto the right fairway. The longest drive eventually going to the smallest person in the field – Fred Sudret.

The prize for the best KPMG golfer went to their organiser Corinna GoldKuhle who showed everyone how to play golf with a magnificent 36 points. Ravi Beegun earning the pink ball with a slightly less magnificent 16 points.

Of the guests Pat Hutchines beat Andy Fearns on countback with 32 points each. For some reason they appeared less than enamoured with their prizes of a new FROGS golf umbrella and green shirt. Can’t think why.

The special prize of a golf lesson and of course a pink ball almost went to Steve Brown and Serge Bijnens who scored 17 and 16 respectively but they were totally outplayed by the 13 points of Colin Cameron.

And so to the 3rd guest. Due to spending most of his life outside Luxembourg this year and probably playing in his only FROGS event of 2016 he decided not to rejoin the FROGS this year and therefore played as a guest scoring 31 points which would have been good enough for second place and instead received the pink ball for the worst guest score. Let that be a lesson to you all.

Grateful thanks have already been passed onto KPMG for their support.

Results 2016

CITCO final results
Winner: William Heath 82 points
Runner up: Frédéric Sudret 79 points
Third place: Alan Botfield 76 points

AKD Matchplay 2016
Champion: Mark Houston
Runner-up: Arnaud Bouteiller

Bijnens Beer 3 club challenge
Winner: Johan Terblanche 16 points
Runner-up: Arnaud Bouteiller 15 points
Third place: Peter Baxter 14 points

Nearest to pin: Arnaud Bouteiller
Longest drive: Arnaud Bouteiller

Tenth CITCO event
Date: 25 August 2016
Venue: Grand Ducal
1. William Heath 18 points
2. Steve Kaiser 17 points
3. Jens Buch 17 points

Nearest to pin: Arnaud Bouteiller
Longest drive: Mark Gillies
Leary: Jens Buch
Worst score: Paul Goes 8 points

Ninth CITCO event
Date: 27 July 2016
Venue: Preisch (Luxembourg)
1. James King 17 points
2. Alan Botfield 16 points
3. Arnaud Bouteiller 16 points

Nearest to pin: Arnaud Bouteiller
Longest drive: William Heath
Leary: Alan Botfield
Worst score: Peter Baxter 9 points

Eighth CITCO event
Date: 7 July 2016
Venue: Preisch (Luxembourg)
1. Peter Baxter 19 points
2. Steve Brown 17 points
3. Richard Neale 16 points

Nearest to pin: Luc De Vet
Longest drive: William Heath
Leary: Alan Botfield
Worst score: Mark Lowe ? points

Seventh CITCO event
Date: 29 June 2016
Venue: Preisch (Luxembourg)
1. Merve Herneman 18 points
2. Alan Botfield 16 points
3. Duncan Tippin 15 points

Nearest to pin: Merve Herneman
Longest drive: William Heath
Leary: Neil Underwood
Worst score: Simon Baker 8 points

Sixth CITCO event
Date: 15 June 2016
Venue: Preisch (France)
1. William Heath 18 points
2. Paul Goes 17 points
3. Derek Sinclair 16 points

Nearest to pin: Paul Goes
Longest drive: Jonathan Hill
Leary: Alan Botfield
Worst score: Andrew Paton 5 points

Fifth CITCO event
Date: 15 June 2016
Venue: Preisch (France)
1. Daniel Kaiser 15 points
2. Luc de Vet 13 points
3. Arnaud Bouteiller 13 points

Nearest to pin:
Longest drive: Jess Have
Worst score: Colin Cameron 5 points

Fourth CITCO event
Date: 1 June 2016
Venue: Junglinster
1. Craig Ferreira 15 points
2. Mark Houston 15 points
3. Peter Baxter 15 points

Nearest to pin: Tony Whiteman
Longest drive: Daniel Kaiser
Leary: Dennis Robertson
Worst score: Rob McCorduck 6 points

Third CITCO event
Date: 18 May 2016
Venue: Kikouka
1. Frédéric Sudret 21 points
2. Daniel Kaiser 18 points
3. Jonny Hill 18 points

Hole-in-one: Graham Paul 7th hole.
Nearest to pin: Paul Goes
Longest drive: Frédéric Sudret
Leary: Jens Buch
Worst score: Russell Edwards 6 points

Second CITCO event
Date: 11 May 2016
Venue: Preisch (Luxembourg)
1. Frédéric Sudret 18 points
2. Alan Botfield 17 points
3. Gregor Dalrymple 16 points

Nearest to pin: Alan Botfield
Longest drive: Frédéric Sudret
Leary: Alan Botfield
Worst score: Colin Cameron 5 points

First CITCO event
Date: 27 April 2016
Venue: Grand Ducal
1. Will Heath 18 points
2. Arnaud Boutellier 16 points
3. Frédéric Sudret 16 points

Nearest to pin: Rob McCorduck
Longest drive: Jess Have
Leary: Johan Terblanche
Worst score: Steve Kaiser 7 points

MixVoIP Pairs 2016
Winners: Steve Brown and Alan Botfield
Runners-up: Simon Baker and Dave Winters

KPMG FROGS Individual Championship 2016
Date: 23 April 2016
Venue: Kikuoka

Winner: Craig Ferreira 31 points
Runner-up: Mark Gillies 29 points

Results from previous years