Autumn Maintenance

This is now scheduled for Monday 24th September, subject to the weather.

Since it consists of levelling and tons of top dressing the lawns are likely to be out of action for at least 4 weeks.

Tune in for updates!!

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Four competitions complete on Final Day

A glorious day dawned on a Sunday early in September, so it must be Finals Day!

This year three finals of our competitions were played and there were more spectators than players – the first for a long time. We almost ran out of chairs…

Finals Day 2018 – where’s Jolyon?

The first game to finish was the Lustau Cup (Advanced Handicap) with Alex and Jon contesting. Since Alex has recently beaten Jon twice in level play it was thought that with Alex receiving bisques this should have been a walk-over. In fact it wasn’t quite.

After a few skirmishes Alex took his first ball round to Rover using one bisque, giving a Contact. Although Jon didn’t get going from this he did a little later and retaliated by going to Rover too (he should have pegged Alex out though).

After some more errors Jon got going again, but failed hoop 3, so Alex had the break and went round but missed the peg-out! Jon hit in but couldn’t get going properly and eventually ran hoop 4, but couldn’t hit his partner ball, missed Alex’s in the middle of the lawn so Alex won.

On the day that Alistair Cook played his final test innings Richard Clark played his final competitive game in the Kitching Rose Bowl, watched by Brian Kitching. At 84 he’s been struggling a bit this summer, so couldn’t quite keep up with the youngster (?) Mark, running hoops is quite necessary, and lost in two straight games

The final game was, as predicted a tight one and almost went to time (3 hours), as most of our high handicap Association Doubles do. John G & Jane seemed to be slightly ahead for most of the time, but it was still close as both John G’s and Jolyon’s ball were for Peg, Jane’s for Penult and John M’s for 2-back.

However, John G then pegged Jolyon’s ball out, but couldn’t make up his mind whether to peg his own out or not – eventually deciding not at Jane’s entreaty. (Actually, pegging out Jolyon’s ball shouldn’t have counted, since you need to get both balls through Rover in a Handicap game before you can do this… Actually, that comment is incorrect, since you can peg out your opponents’ balls, but not your own side’s – John talked about also pegging his own ball out; that is what isn’t permitted.)

After a further bit of toing and froing John had made two more hoops, but Jane had done so also and eventually with John G lining it up made the peg-out – phew! Miriam Reader would have been proud.

Full results for the year can be seen here.

Thanks to Kate Sander for providing the excellent cakes in absentia.

In addition, as time for the competition has run out, Jane Smith won the Howell Cup (Association High Bisquers).

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Andy Dibben wins the Honeygrove Cup

At the end of the first day our two players were doing really well, with Jon on 3 out of 4 wins, having lost only to Alex (who was also Manager of the event) and who had 3 straight wins. However, this didn’t quite continue on to the second day.

Perhaps Ray’s mowing of the lawns a bit lower on Sunday morning, making them faster, had disturbed things a bit for us because we failed to maintain the momentum with both Alex and Jon losing another game.

In the exciting final turn of the game finishing after “time” on the Sunday, Andy Dibben came from a point behind to peg out, thus beating Phil Dunk and taking him to 5 wins out of 6.  This gave Andy the trophy on percentage wins, ahead of Andrew Dutton and Alex, waiting hopefully on 4/5.

This 13-player flexible Swiss was played in excellent weather, without time-limits till the final hour; the narrow handicap range (0 to 3) making for competitive play and plenty of upsets.

The prize for effort (bottle) went to Chris O’Byrne for his eight games (!) and, after reaching the trigger on several previous occasions but each time slipping back, Jon Diamond at last hung on to get his handicap down to Scratch.

2 spectators too!

Manager and Winner


Full results:
5/6 Andy Dibben (Surbiton)
4/5 Andrew Dutton (Woking), Alex Jardine
4/6 Jon Diamond
3/5 Liz Farrow (Sussex County), Edward Dymock (Surbiton)
4/7 Kevin Carter (Surbiton)
3/6 Phil Dunk (Sussex County)
2/6 David Boyd (Rother Valley), Brian Havill (Watford)
2/8 Chris O’Byrne (Reigate Priory)
1/5 Steve Woolnough (Aldermaston)
1/6 Alan Clark (High Wycombe)

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Golf Doubles semi-final completed…at last

Derek Heath and Lister Fielding won a marathon semi-final in the Golf Doubles today.

In an earlier session they ran of of time after 2.5 hours with one game each, so returned to play the last game.

However, they ran out of the available time of 1 hour again with the score 6-6! As per the normal procedure for completing a match after time has been called two extra shots were played by each player (8 in total), but the game was still level.

After this the game should have been completed by playing until one side scores the next hoop (the only exception to this is when a tournament manager can accept a draw/tie result, but obviously this is not possible in a knock-out event such as this). Unfortunately one of the players had to leave, so they pulled up stumps!!

Luckily I arrived before they all left the club and decided that (putting my manager/referee’s hat on), because a winner was needed to play in the final and all the balls and hoops had been taken off, the winner would be the side to hit the peg first from a 7 yard distance.

After winning the toss Mike Sander narrowly missed, but Lister made no mistake with his first attempt, so winning the match.

This is obviously not a normal procedure for completing a match: what the players should have done was to continue playing without the missing person(s) until the final hoop is scored. The balls of the missing players can’t be played during this period, but will remain on the lawn and could even score the hoop… If all players can’t continue then a coin toss may be the only acceptable resolution.

Jon Diamond

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Kate Sander wins Golf High Biquers

In the final last night she beat Richard Smith 7-4, 7-6

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GC Level League v Woking lost 1-6

Outclassed by a team including  -4 and a -3 handicappers, near to world-class, (all our players were three handicap steps higher than the Woking equivalent)  we lost all three matches in the morning, despite winning one of the Doubles game and Lister Fielding one also.

The afternoon was marginally better with three games wins, two of these scored by Jon Diamond who beat the low handicapper Jeff Dawson. An excellent personal result, but this only made a marginal difference to the overall defeat.

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GC Restricted League v Canterbury lost 2-5

We played heroically through driving rain on their lovely new lawns, but sadly lost…

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Finals Day Programme announced

We’ve got three finals of our internal competitions taking place during the afternoon of Sunday 9th September.

Please come along and watch – free tea and cake to all spectators!

Full details are here.

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Summer BBQ

On a balmy summer afternoon, a select few enjoyed a lunch with meats and fish of their choice cooked on a large fire-pit which lit quickly and burned well, served with salads and puds and plenty of wines beers and soft drinks.

We all managed to sit down to eat together, using the club gazebo which was erected – a useful trial run before it is put to use at the Croquet demonstration at Penshurst Place on Bank Holiday Monday. Thanks to John Greenwood for help in putting it up.

Garden games were neglected in favour of a lively debate on the use of bisques! The argument in favour of their use to encourage less experienced – and less able players seemed to win the day!

Fixing the date for social events is always a gamble – and this year the date chosen for a BBQ at Hungershall Park was an unfortunate one as so many members were engaged with family activities or other commitments.

Any ideas about the timing of the social events for club members and of the form these events might take would be welcome – please just speak to any Committee member with your thoughts!

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A league loss to Sussex County 2-5

A nice day for a trip to the (almost) coast – not too sunny and warm given the rest of our summer!

Surprisingly we found the lawns to be very green and lush, but with some unexpected dry spots – so somewhat bumpier than we initially expected and almost as slow as our own lawns usually are…

So, we should have been at home, but our opponent’s were obviously even more so.

The morning wasn’t too bad with the Singles being shared and the Doubles very close: Jon pegged out Chris’s ball, but unfortunately Alex made a couple of errors right at the end when we had an almost won position. John’s win was even closer, again in a pegged-out ending, so 2-1 down going into lunch.

After an excellent lunch we needed to win 3 of the 4 singles, but were nowhere near being able to do that, with none of the games being close. John had the only win in the afternoon – a good day for him! So an early bath after a season with one win (better than last year at least) and looking forward to an even better next season…

Results:
AM: Jon Diamond (0.5) & Alex Jardine (2.5) lost to Chris Coull (0) & Peter Pullen (1.5) -6, John Greenwood (3) beat Liz Farrow (2.5) +2, Mick Belcham (6) lost to Daphne Gaitley (2) -11
PM: Jon lost to Chris -14, Alex lost to Peter -24, John beat Daphne +18, Mick lost to Liz -20

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