French take the honours at Royal Lakeside

Friday, 06 January 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 1 By  Peter Blackburn

PSC golf from the Café Kronborg

Monday, December 26, Royal Lakeside – Stableford

Having not played the course for over one year we were very much looking forward to seeing Royal Lakeside again after hearing good reports.  A very good field of 33 golfers were signed up which included several returnees and newcomers.  

Hearty welcomes were awarded to Frankie Sharatt from Derby, U.K., Ronnie Ratte back from Korea for some more R & R, Peter Horup from Norway, Darren Newman, Graham Mitchell & Ed Jonger from U.K. along with Rod Cockle from Mackay in Queensland, Australia.

Michael Catillon, Dave ‘The Admiral’ Richardson & Alain Taddei.Michael Catillon, Dave ‘The Admiral’ Richardson & Alain Taddei.

Departing the Kronny 5 minutes earlier than our scheduled 0815 hrs time it took just 60 minutes to get to the course and we were able to tee off 25 minutes ahead of our allotted time of 1000 hrs.  It was very cool and unusually very windy which made golf a real challenge on the day and this was reflected in the scoring with just one player playing to handicap.

The course was looking good although some fairways were fairly dry but the greens were in very good shape and quite quick at times.  With no major holdups we were able to complete our round in four hours & twenty minutes.  It should be mentioned that much work has been put into the clubhouse which is now the equal of most around.

There were 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Flight for 18 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.

Mashi Kaneta, The Admiral & Elias Magnusson.Mashi Kaneta, The Admiral & Elias Magnusson.

The A Flight was won by Frenchman Alain Taddei with 35 points and Scotsman Rob Brown finished second 1 point back.  Our Swiss friend Walter Baechli finished third on 33 points with American Ken Bernek fourth on 31 points.  Dane Niels Hansen finished fifth with 30 points.

Another of our French friends Michael Catillon took out the B Flight with 36 points, 2 points clear of the consistent Jan Lovgreen in second place.  Englishman Graham Buckingham was third with 32 points and a count back was needed to decide fourth & fifth with Aussie Jerry Dobbs (14 point back nine) just edging out Ronnie Ratte (13 point back nine), both having 30 points.

A Flight (0-17)

1st Alain Taddei(17) 35pts

2nd Rob Brown (7) 34pts

3rd Walter Baechli (17) 33pts

4th Ken Bernek (17) 31pts

5th Niels Hansen (15) 30pts

B Flight (18+)

1st Michael Catillon (18) 36pts

2nd Jan Lovgreen (23) 34pts

3rd Graham Buckingham (24) 32pts

4th Jerry Dobbs (23) 30pts

5th Ronnie Ratte (27) 30pts

Near Pins:  3rd Ken Bernek; 6th Dave Richardson; 12th Walter Baechli; 15th Don Richardson

Long Putts:  9th Rob Brown; 18th Darren Newman

The Compass Cap (worst score on the day) was won by Peter Horup in a four-way count back and Deefa the Dog had a walk around with his master, Hunter, and collected many donations to charity from our generous Café Kronborg group.

Thursday, December 29, Treasure Hill – Stableford

This was the last Café Kronborg competition game of the year and a very good field of 32 players was ready to participate and tackle the improved Treasure Hill layout.

We left the Kronny right on time at 0815hrs after welcoming Peter Sorensen from Denmark, Jean Morel from France & Simon Kendall from the U.K.  Arriving at Treasure Hill 50 minutes later it appeared that there would be a fair bit of traffic on the course as there were quite a few vehicles in the car park but nonetheless we were able to get our first group away at 0935hrs, 25 minutes ahead of schedule.

The weather was excellent although fairly windy and the course was looking good despite quite a few fairways being dry & hard.  Once again we had to contend with very quick greens and being below the hole was the order of the day to avoid the dreaded three and four putts.  Most people struggled on the day as is reflected in the scoring with just one golfer playing to his handicap.

It was a fairly slow round with several “seriously social” golfers ahead and our round was completed in four hours & thirty five minutes.  We had 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 19 and B Flight for 20 and over.  There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth.

The A Flight was won by the consistent Mashi Kaneta with 35 points.  In a 3-way count back with 32 points each for the next three spots Niels Hansen (21 point back nine) finished second from Rob Brown (17 point back nine – 11 points last 6 holes) who finished third & Don Richardson (17 point back nine – 9 points last 6 holes) took fourth spot.  In another count back Walter Baechli (18 point back nine) finished fifth from Mike Gosden (15 point back nine), both having 31 points.

Veteran Elias Magnusson took the honours in B Flight with a fine 36 points, 2 points ahead of Carole Kubicki in second spot.  Another count back, this time with 4 golfers on 32 points, saw Kenny Chung (19 point back nine) finish third from Dave Richardson (15 point back nine – 11 points last 6 holes) in fourth place.  Graham Buckingham (15 point back nine – 8 points last 6) took the last spot on the podium with Jan Lovgreen (14 point back nine) just missing out.

A Flight (0-19)

1st Mashi Kaneta (11) 35pts

2nd Niels Hansen (15) 32pts

3rd Rob Brown (7) 32pts

4th Don Richardson (12) 32pts

5th Walter Baechli (17) 31pts

B Flight (20+)

1st Elias Magnusson (20) 36pts

2nd Carole Kubicki (23) 34pts

3rd Kenny Chung (31) 32pts

4th Dave Richardson (25) 32pts

5th Graham Buckingham (24) 32pts

Near Pins:  2nd Peter Blackburn; 6th Frankie Sharratt; 13th Niels Hansen; 17th Mashi Kaneta

Long Putts:  9th Kenny Chung; 18th Bent Agerbo

The Compass Cap (now with a new name but not for publication) was just won by my old mate from Derbyshire Frankie Sharratt, and Mike Gosden paraded Deefa the Dog who collected lots of donations to charity from the Kronny Crew.

Myself, Dave & Mike wished everyone a Happy New Year with strong belief that 2012 would be bigger & better than ever.

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