With Golf being a game of numbers its always interesting to throw a random analysis piece together. So settle in while we look at score analysis for the 2018 season (April 1st till July 9th) so far vs the same period in 2017. Unbelievably we had less precipitation in 2017, 120mm, against the 152mm that has come down this Year, although we have had just 31mm Since June this Year compared to 66mm in 2017. The ground conditions are certainly very different, highlighted with the new ‘Cracked Ground’ ruling brought in last week.
The first thing to note in the scores is that more rounds were played cumulatively in 2017 at this stage of the season, perhaps there were more players in competitions or a couple of extra comps were sneaked in. The difficulty of holes has mainly stayed the same with 17 playing the hardest and 11 the easiest. There is a notable mover with the 13th gaining two places to claim the 2nd hardest hole slot from the 5th. The average score vs par has slightly increased as a whole, on average an increase of just 0.015. 36% of the recorded scores on holes in 2018 are a double bogey or worse compared to 35% in 2017 with 2.6% recording birdies for both periods. There were more bogeys in 2017, 38% against 36% in 2018 which in contrast has seen 24% of pars vs 25% in 2017.
Real interesting stuff there, however behind the numbers we need to all thank the green staff for maintaining the course in its current excellent state (the greens in particular are an absolute dream) during this years very challenging weather conditions!!
You can see the 2017 hole analysis Here
You an see the 2018 hole analysis Here
The course is bouncy, grass brown, with balls running further than Forest Gump, the barmy summer of 2018 rolls on, and with it the hotly contested Eclectic. The July medal brought another course record and a raft of low scores with it, and also a new eclectic leader in the shape of Jeff Hughes. Hughes’s 52.90 is followed by best of the rest John Cheesbrough’s 53.70, after both players completed their 11th round of the Year. Strokes gained from the eclectic leader Desi Johnston is showing great form with a 59.60 return from just 5 rounds this Year. Captain Graham Poland is sneaking up the board after another topsy turvey return with his own impressive 57.50 keeping the bragging rights from President Peter Duffy,s 65.50.
Full eclectic can be viewed Here
Some great results from the Cheshire Championships last weekend at Wallasey.
Facing the really tough challenge of dry, hard running fairways and the usual sea breeze plus the high temperatures our three entrants beat the two round cut of top 40 and ties out of an entry of over 120.
The results over four rounds, last two on Saturday were, against a CSS of 73, Par 72.
11th Sam Long 70, 75, 73, 74 292 + 4
22nd Simon Pay 73, 73, 81, 73 300 + 12
39th Jamie Hodgkinson 73, 77, 78, 84 + 24
Congratulations to all three a credit to our village golf club and a reminder to all aspiring young golfers as all three started as juniors.
The eclectic is well under way after 10 events. Leading the pack is Simon Pay with 55 and a few holes left to birdie. The dangerous Andrew Matu is breathing down his neck just .75 behind. Jonathan Nagle completes the top three after his blistering start to the Year. Still loads of golf left, and remember even if your rounds rubbish the eclectic plays to the finish.
The full eclectic can be viewed here
The battle for club championship qualification is hotting up with loads of qualifiers still remaining. Simon Pay remains number one seed with a 279 -1 total at this early stage of the season. Past champions Jaime Hodgkinson & Mark Poland are hot on his tail with improving recent results. Charlie Fletcher holds number 2 slot thanks to his recent course record 66.
A perfect golfing day produced some perfect or more like exceptional scoring in Saturdays Gents Medal. The course is looking better than ever with the newly designed rough areas, tee and green surrounds and raised tree canopies. The receptive greens and running fairways were nirvana for those on their games as scores showed.
DIVISION 1 WINNER
Charlie Fletcher with a magnificent 66 gross off 4 hcp nett 62 and also setting a new course record in the process.
Front and Back nine scores of 33 produced this four under par score culminating in a birdie 2 on the 18th.
He beat the previous record of 68 which has stood for sometime with a number of players equalling but not beating it until today.
DIVISION 2 WINNER
Paul Collins recently reduced by 2 shots to 16 was still able to come in with a 83 gross off 16 nett 67 a reduction of 0.6 gets him to 0.1 off 13 hcp.
Has he overcome the demons of having a card in his hand !!!
DIVISION 3 WINNER
Graham Arnold produced an excellent sub 70 score 87 gross off 18 hcp nett 69.Playing with Father and Son pairing of Peter and Ben Simpson must have encouraged him,
in fact Ben produced an excellent 74 gross off 7 hcp nett 67 to be runner up in Division 1 and also down to 6 hcp.
DIVISION 4 WINNER
Tony Williams another excellent sub 70 score 90 gross off 23 hcp nett 67.
Well done to all. Check the Notice Board for the latest batch of Captains Qualifiers. The last qualifier will be the July Medal.
It’s finally here, welcome to the 2018 Golf season! First order of business for the busy season is the annual knockouts and the all important draws. Click on the links below to view.
Challenge Cup Draw – 2018
Challenge Plate Draw – 2018