True to form the SGS turned out last Sunday and here is the report, (I would like to thank Peter for taking the time and effort)
BTW, if you are in the area (Sliven) and would like a game then just give me a shout and I will putt
you in touch with somebody.
Golf Report 5 12th August, 2007-08-12
Mens and Ladies Grouse Season Stableford.
Nine golfers today, our largest turnout to date. A particular welcome extended to Ruth Ballantyne and Tony Kelly, both playing their first games in the society.
Ruth acquired her 36 handicap as a birthday present from the Society a couple of weeks ago, and Tony came in as a current 18 handicapper. Thanks to Noel for bringing Tony along.
Prior to the start of the competition, the Hon Treasurer, Malc T, managed to extract 40 Lev from each member, as their joining fee. Most paid up graciously, although Roy did try to pass off a 2 Lev note from the old communist regime which did not, however, deceive Hon Treasurer one bit who can recognise these instantly as he has a few of his own. For the record, Hon Sec was reimbursed 200 Lev for purchase of Society ScoreSaver for the society. It was generally agreed that the joining fee shall apply to every 'regular' golfer but not to golfers 'passing through' or casual visitors who may show up and are invited to join our competitions.
All members present were given copies of the Stats programme which, I am now pleased to say, we should be able to update by email attached to the weekly golf reports and thus always be bang up to date.
I have followed the general recommendations of all the players regarding the number of qualifying rounds for handicap adjustment, and set the programme to average the last three rounds played. This has been very beneficial to me in that I have had my handicap increased to 17.3 from 15, Jack, for example, stays the same and Roy's decrease!!!!! Is only 0.3 on this same basis. (Check it out by hitting 'Handicapping' at the bottom of the home page). However, if we take the handicapping figure as the average of the last 5 games, I stay the same, Jack gets reduced by 0.4 and Roy has not yet played enough rounds to qualify. As a further 'however', if we take the best 3 scores from the last 6 rounds played, I drop from a 15 handicap to an 11.7 handicap. I cannot give any further comparisons, for no other person has played enough qualifying rounds, (6), at the moment.
What I would therefore suggest, is that everyone goes into 'Set Up' at the bottom right of the home page, open up 'Handicapping' and play around with the bottom drop down list and see how it affects the various handicaps as we change the parameters. Then email me with your own personal recommendation as to which we should go for. We will then go with the majority.
As a note to this, to hit a constant winner, go for his best rounds as a basis for re-handicapping i.e. best 3 from 6. This allows a constant winner to have a couple of poor rounds and not claw shots back.
To increase handicaps for someone not playing well, the average of the last 3 rounds would be more appropriate.
It may also be more appropriate to stick with the last 3 scores until we have enough rounds logged to opt for one of the other handicapping parameters.
Let me have some feedback on this please.
Onto the competition proper.
It was decided that being nine players, playing 3 x 3 balls would not be appropriate for various reasons:
It would not generate enough winnings in the Snakes and Skins competitions as Malc T insisted that the effort he puts into scoring same is only worthwhile if the kitty is large
Noel and Tony, the youngest members, have not the legs to play a full round without a buggy so whoever played in their 3 ball would be very lonely
Malcolm and Ruth are still on honeymoon so cannot be separated, hence another lonely golfer in their 3 ball.
Common sense prevailed and the two pairs of inseparables played in a 4 ball and, despite 3 faxes and 22 emails from the R & A and USGA, Sliven Golf Society prevails in the 5 ball format.
What happened in the 4 ball has not yet been reported but the 5 ball was full of incidents.
Nigel set out like a greyhound from the traps setting is best ever front 9 of gross 45. (Again we think this is a weather factor in that he has figured out that if he hits more fairways and greens and uses fewer putts he can get back into the club house before it rains). Never the less, vanity or not, it was a great effort.
Roy's birdies on roll-over skins get trumped time after time by the rampant putter of Nigel, while Malc T quietly sneaks in the pars and the Hon Sec and Jack save the skins for the benefit, later, of others.
Another point of note is that Roy plays off two handicaps in the same competition, 9 in Society competitions and 7 when Malc T hasn't won for a while, as in today's competition, and Malc is doing the scoring. (R & A and USGA please note, another innovation from the Sliven GS).
The skins seemed to be split very fairly as usual with everyone claiming a skin except Hon Sec who hasn't won one for over two weeks. Maybe also today, Jack too may have failed to nail one.
The skins however paled into insignificance when, with climatic drama, the 'Snakes' reared their head with a total of nine being carried into the 18th by Jack who, contrary to all expectations, from a healthy position on the green, raced his approach putt 15 feet beyond the hole and well into three putt territory even by his high standards. Hon Sec, Malc T and Roy being within 10 feet of the hole with their approach shots and smug looks on their faces, waited to see whether Nigel would throw down the gauntlet as his putter had taken on a life of its own over the previous eight holes and he was lying a good 20 feet away. With the threat of imminent rain raising his pulse rate, and the rain bonnet being in the car, Nigel's putter stroked the ball up to the hole but, beyond belief, it failed to stop and, rather appropriately, snaked its way around the edge of the hole and carried on beyond for a further three feet. Jack by now is under great pressure for he stands to pay out 36 Lev if Nigel sinks his putt and Jack has never spent 36 Lev in one go in his whole life. However, it is Jack's honour, and in his hour of need, the putter runs true and he sinks the 15 footer. Jack can do no more, he is down in two. The spotlight swings onto Nigel. A three footer on the front nine was to Nigel as a six incher to a normal golfer but the back nine was a different story. With a four putt on the 13 th still in the memory and renegade raindrop targeting him at the start of his forward swing, he over hit it. A snake!
It is not the Hon Sec's role to describe a grown man crying so suffice to say the hand shakes were made and a great day was had by all, well most people.
Back in the club house the scores were tallied and despite a tremendous score of 40 points on his big handicap, Roy was pipped at the post by Malky with an even better 42 points to claim his second victory in two weeks. This week everyone stayed to boost the bar bill. Great golf from these two.
Other results show that the handicaps cannot be too far out for Jack, Noel, Malc T and Nigel all shot level par 36 points, the Hon Sec 34 and Tony a very creditable 31 points from his first trip around Sliven GC.
Not to be left out, Ruth must get a special mention for not only is this her first time with a 'proper' handicap but she also had the thrill of getting her first ever gross par at the 13 th, giving her a net Eagle. She also managed a further 4 net pars in her score of 31 points of which she scored 19 points on her 'back nine'. Well done Ruth.
A Sliven Ladies course has been set up on the system to cater for the ladies stats.
A nice ending to the day was that everyone who was able, opting to have a meal together at Windy Hill vinery straight from the golf course when the ladies from Stara Z came down to join up with their golfing partners.
For members who were unable to get down for today's competition, we all trust that these golf reports will help to keep you up to date with how your fellow golfing friends are getting on and we are all looking forward to seeing you down here at the next opportunity.
Thanks for making it a great day.