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Mixed Winter League - Lynn Bruce takes the title

FrostyGolfThe Mixed Winter League has come to an end.  The weather  played a part. Potentially there were twenty one weekends available for play.  We played on seventeen of these with one weekend only tempting two people onto the course in the cold  .Twenty-nine members played one or more rounds this year with three playing on fifteen of the seventeen weekends available.    The rules changed slightly this year to generate greater competitiveness and it worked to a great extent.  If there is a consistently good player, then they will win however we tweak the rules.

This year, the most consistent player and the winner was Lynn Bruce with 250 Stableford points from her eight best rounds.  Lynn has been leading for many weeks.  Only Joyce Michie could catch Lynn in the final week, but it wasn't one of Joyce's best weeks.  In fact none of the top five players in the League improved their total score this week and the top five places remain unchanged from last week.

The best score returned in the final week was the 32 from Anne Paterson, which wins her £4.  Second place was decided on countback between Andrew Richardson and Benny Hartop.  Andrew had the better inward half in his 30 points and takes the £2 second prize.

This year we have been paying weekly prizes, so the final kitty is not a big this year as last year.  It is shared out between the top four finishers on a 4, 4, 2, 1 ratio such that

Lynn Bruce wins £22.20, Joyce Michie earns £16.65, Benny Hartop Senior takes £11.10 and last year's winner Gordon Ferguson gets £5.55  I probably won't be in the Clubhouse again before next Monday, so prizes will be put behind the bar then.

I have been thinking that next year we should apply Ladies Handicap changes to their actual strokes played rather than after the bonus of 3 points has been applied.  I reran all the weeks scores on that basis and found that Ladies generally lost 3 points per round, so perhaps that is not the way forward whatever the Gents may feel.  Benny Hartop Senior would have topped the table by nearly 8 points in that scenario with Lynn Bruce dropping 22 points to third on 228.

Thanks to everyone who played in the League this year.  We'll keep thinking about the scoring algorithm over the summer.  Next year's League begins on the weekend of 3 / 4 November

The final table is shown further below.

One of the changes we introduced this year was allowing handicaps to rise and fall every week for every two points better or worse than 26 points for 13 holes.  Winter golf can be quite testing as the table below shows where the start and finaish handicaps of all players are indicated.  Only two golfers ended the competition with a lower handicap than they began.

  Handicap  
Name Start Finish Difference Played
Lynn Bruce 17 20 3 15
Joyce Michie 29 46 17 14
Benny Hartop Senior 26 26 0 15
Gordon Ferguson 14 16 2 15
Marilyn Adams 30 41 11 10
Stefan Laidlaw 14 12 -2 11
Angus Towers 13 15 2 14
Benny Hartop 9 12 3 14
Duncan Shiell 21 21 0 11
Stewart Paisley 13 15 2 11
Andrew Richardson 15 14 -1 11
Gary McDonagh 8 9 1 10
Anne Paterson 22 33 11 9
Allan Learmonth 11 13 2 7
Keith Johnson 10 12 2 6
Flora Kerr 20 30 10 5
Guy Couper 13 17 4 5
Jim Geatons 25 28 3 5
Margaret Bland 28 34 6 4
Tom Kerr 26 30 4 4
Linda Geatons 26 43 17 4
Lily Towers 1 15 14 3
Ross Pringle 11 15 4 3
Douglas Hyslop 16 23 7 3
Frazer Towers 17 18 1 2
Janice Cambridge 14 19 5 2
Margaret Allen 21 31 10 2
Neil Richardson 25 26 1 1
Craig Elliot 18 21 3 1

Note that you can now sort the League Table on any column that shows a grey up and down arrow symbol at the left of the column.  Just click on the arrows to sort.  For example you can sort the column headed This Week Stableford to show the scores in ascending or descending order this week.  Please note that sorting the League Table by this column doesn't reflect countback positions within the same Stableford score accurately.  The table showing scores for Weekend 15 alone at the end of the League Table shows countback positions accurately.

Handicap changes throughout the competition so far are shown after this weeks results.

This is a competition designed for all abilities - come along a play a few holes of golf every weekend and keep your skills throughout the winter.

Next weekend is 24th / 25th February.  The forecast looks reasonable at the moment with the rain going away after Tuesday.  The competition will continue until 24th / 25th March so we still have five weekends left.

Mixed Winter League 2017 / 2018 – Final Standings after Weekend 17 - 24th and 25th March

  This Week Stableford Best 8 Scores Total Played Counting Best
Lynn Bruce (18) 25 34 34 31 31 31 31 30 28 250 15 8
Joyce Michie (41) 19 34 32 31 31 31 29 29 25 242 14 8
Benny Hartop Senior (25) 23 33 31 30 30 30 29 28 26 237 15 8
Gordon Ferguson (15) 24 32 30 29 28 28 28 28 26 229 15 8
Marilyn Adams (41)   34 31 29 29 28 25 24 23 223 10 8
Stefan Laidlaw (11) 24 34 29 29 29 27 26 25 24 223 11 8
Angus Towers (16) 28 30 29 28 28 27 27 26 25 220 14 8
Benny Hartop (14) 30 30 30 29 28 28 25 24 24 218 14 8
Duncan Shiell (21) 25 32 30 27 26 26 25 25 25 216 11 8
Stewart Paisley (14) 24 31 29 29 28 26 25 24 24 216 11 8
Andrew Richardson (16) 30 30 30 30 29 27 23 23 23 215 11 8
Gary McDonagh (9)   32 31 30 28 24 24 22 22 213 10 8
Anne Paterson (35) 32 32 29 28 27 24 24 24 24 212 9 8
Allan Learmonth (13)   31 27 25 25 25 22 18 0 173 7 7
Keith Johnson (12)   28 28 27 25 21 20 0 0 149 6 6
Flora Kerr (30)   29 27 27 25 17 0 0 0 125 5 5
Guy Couper (17)   30 25 24 23 18 0 0 0 120 5 5
Jim Geatons (28)   27 25 24 23 21 0 0 0 120 5 5
Margaret Bland (34)   31 29 22 20 0 0 0 0 102 4 4
Tom Kerr (30)   25 24 23 22 0 0 0 0 94 4 4
Linda Geatons (43)   23 23 18 16 0 0 0 0 80 4 4
Lily Towers (15)   30 25 24 0 0 0 0 0 79 3 3
Ross Pringle (15)   30 20 19 0 0 0 0 0 69 3 3
Douglas Hyslop (23)   24 21 18 0 0 0 0 0 63 3 3
Frazer Towers (15) 20 30 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 2 2
Janice Cambridge (19)   25 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 48 2 2
Margaret Allen (31)   22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2 2
Neil Richardson (26)   23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1 1
Craig Elliot (21)   20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1 1

 

Aggregate of best eight scores determine League positions

The figure in brackets after a golfer’s name indicates the handicap used to generate the Stableford score in the most recent week.

Results are sorted by Total, (highest to lowest), then by number of scores counting to the total (Lowest to highest), then by number of weekends played (lowest to highest) and finally by Christian Name if still a tie.

The Mixed Winter League runs on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am using the Winter Tees.  Just turn up and play with another member.  The Competitions began on the weekend of 4th / 5th November 2017 and will run until the weekend of 24th / 25th March 2018

On weekend 1, League handicaps equal National Handicaps.   For individual Stableford scores in excess of 26 any week, the player’s  League handicap is cut by 1 for every 2 points or part thereof over 26, i.e. 27 / 28 incurs a cut of 1, 29 /30 incurs a cut of 2 etc.  Also this year, for every 2 points or part thereof below 26, the player’s League handicap is raised by 1, i.e.  23/24 will generate an increase of 1, 21/22 will generate an increase of 2 etc. Scores of 25 or 26 will leave a player’s handicap unchanged.   For Ladies the score used to determine handicap changes is the score before the bonus of 3 is added.    The maximum permitted handicap will be 54

League handicaps are completely independent of National Handicaps which remain unchanged throughout.  The aim is to spread the prize money around and provide close competition throughout the Series.

Handicap changes to date are shown after the tables and before the rules.

 Results for Weekend 17 alone 24 / 25 March

Player

Stableford

Anne Paterson

32

Andrew Richardson

30

Benny Hartop

30

Angus Towers

28

Duncan Shiell

25

Lynn Bruce

25

Stefan Laidlaw

24

Gordon Ferguson

24

Stewart Paisley

24

Benny Hartop Senior

23

Frazer Towers

20

Joyce Michie

19

Handicap adjustments so far in the Mixed Winter League 2017 / 18, in alphabetical order of surnames are:

Marilyn Adams 30 to 35 [4/5 November], 35 to 38 [11/12 November], 38 to 41 [18/19 November], 41 to 43 [25/26 November], 43 to 42 [13/14 January], 42 to 44 [27/28 January], 44 to 41 [24/25 February]

Margaret Allen 21 to 24 [4/5 November], 24 to 31 [11/12 November]

Margaret Bland 28 to 32 [4/5 November], 32 to 35 [25/26 November], 35 to 34 [13/14 January]

Lynn Bruce 17 to 20 [4/5 November], 20 to 21 [11/12 November], 21 to 24 [18/19 November], 24 to 23 [25/26 November], 23 to 22 [2/3 December], 22 to 19 [9/10 December], 19 to 21 [16/17 December], 21 to 22 [6/7 January], 22 to 21 [13/14 January], 21 to 23 [27/28 January], 23 to 20 [10/11 February], 20 to 19 [17/18 February], 19 to 18 [24/25 February], 18 to 20 [24/25 March]

Janice Cambridge 14 to 17 [11/12 November], 17 to 19 [18/19 November]

Guy Couper 13 to 14 [11/12 November], 14 to 18 [18/19 November], 18 to 19 [3/4 February], 19 to 17 [17/18 February]

Craig Elliot 18 to 21 [4/5 November]

Gordon Ferguson 14 to 18 [4/5 November], 18 to 17 [11/12 November], 17 to 19 [18/19 November], 19 to 21 [25/26 November], 21 to 19 [2/3 December], 19 to 22 [16/17 December], 22 to 19 [6/7 January], 19 to 18 [13/14 January], 18 to 17 [27/28 January], 17 to 18 [10/11 February], 18 to 16 [17/18 February], 16 to 15 [24/25 February], 15 to 16 [24/25 March]

Linda Geatons 26 to 32 [4/5 November], 32 to 35 [18/19 November], 35 to 38 [25/26 November], 38 to 43 [3/4 February]

Jim Geatons 25 to 27 [4/5 November], 27 to 26 [11/12 November], 26 to 27 [18/19 November], 27 to 28 [1/2 December]

Benny Hartop 9 to 8 [4/5 November], 8 to 9 [11/12 November], 9 to 11 [9/10 December], 11 to 13 [16/17 December], 13 to 12 [23/24 December], 12 to 10 [13/14 January], 10 to 11 [27/28 January], 11 to 9 [3/4 February], 9 to 10 [10/11 February], 10 to 11 [17/18 February], 11 to 12 [24/25 February), 12 to 14 [17/18 March], 14 to 12 [24/25 March]

Benny Hartop Senior 26 to 29 [4/5 November], 29 to 27 [11/12 November], 27 to 28 [18/19 November], 28 to 29 [9/10 December], 29 to 28 [16/17 December], 28 to 32 [23/24 December], 32 to 30 [13/14 January], 30 to 27 [27/28 January], 27 to 31 [3/4 February], 31 to 33 [10/11 February], 33 to 29 [17/18 February], 29 to 27 [24/25 February], 27 to 25 [17/18 March], 25 to 26 [24/25 March]

Douglas Hyslop 16 to 18 [11/12 November], 18 to 22 [13/14 January], 22 to 23 [17/18 February]

Keith Johnson 10 to 12 [11/12 November], 12 to 15 [16/17 December], 15 to 14 [13/14 January], 14 to 13 [3/4 February], 13 to 12 [17/18 February]

Flora Kerr 20 to 26 [11/12 November], 26 to 28 [1/2 December], 28 to 29 [23/24 December], 29 to 30 [17/18 February]

Tom Kerr 26 to 28 [11/12 November], 28 to 29 [1/2 December], 29 to 30 [17/18 February]

Stefan Laidlaw 14 to 17 [4/5 November], 17 to 15 [18/19 November], 15 to 17 [9/10 December], 17 to 15 [23/24 December], 15 to 13 [6/7 January], 13 to 16 [13/14 January], 16 to 15 [17/18 February], 15 to 11 [24/25 February], 11 to 12 [24/25 March]

Allan Learmonth 11 to 13 [4/5 November], 13 to 17 [1/2 December], 17 to 16 [6/7 January], 16 to 13 [17/18 February]

Gary McDonagh 8 to 10 [4/5 November], 10 to 12 [11/12 November], 12 to 14 [25/26 November], 14 to 16 [1/2 December], 16 to 17 [16/17 December], 17 to 15 [6/7 January], 15 to 12 [13/14 January], 12 to 9 [27/28 January], 9 to 10 [3/4 February], 10 to 9 [17/18 February]

Joyce Michie 29 to 33 [4/5 November], 33 to 38 [11/12 November], 38 to 40 [18/19 November], 40 to 44 [1/2 December], 44 to 42 [9/10 December], 42 to 44 [16/17 December], 44 to 43 [6/7 January], 43 to 42 [13/14 January], 42 to 45 [27/28 December], 45 to 44 [17/18 February], 44 to 41 [24/25 February], 41 to 46 [24/25 March]

Stewart Paisley 13 to 15 [4/5 November], 15 to 17 [16/17 December], 17 to 18 [23/24 December], 18 to 16 [6/7 January], 16 to 15 [3/4 February], 15 to 13 [10/11 February], 13 to 17 [17/18 February], 17 to 14 [24/25 February], 14 to 15 [24/25 March]

Anne Paterson 22 to 26 [4/5 November], 26 to 27 [18/19 November], 27 to 29 [9/10 December], 29 to 31 [23/24 December], 31 to 33 [13/14 January], 33 to 35 [3/4 February], 35 to 33 [24/25 March]

Ross Pringle 11 to 9 [4/5 November], 9 to 12 [11/12 November], 12 to 15 [6/7 January]

Andrew Richardson 15 to 16 [4/5 November], 16 to 14 [11/12 November], 14 to 13 [18/19 November], 13 to 15 [25/26 November], 15 to 17 [9/10 December], 17 to 18 [23/24 December], 18 to 16 [6/7 January], 16 to 14 [13/14 January], 14 to 15 [17/18 February], 15 to 16 [24/25 February], 16 to 14 [24/25 March]

Neil Richardson 25 to 26 [4/5 November]

Duncan Shiell 21 to 18 [18/19 November], 18 to 19 [16/17 December], 19 to 21 [23/24 December], 21 to 24 [6/7 January], 24 to 22 [3/4 February], 22 to 21 [24/25 February]

Angus Towers 13 to 16 [4/5 November], 16 to 15 [11/12 November], 15 to 14 [2/3 December], 14 to 15 [9/10 December], 15 to 17 [16/17 December] 17 to 15 [23/24 December], 15 to 14 [13/14 January], 14 to 16 [10/11 February], 16 to 14 [17/18 February], 14 to 16 [24/25 February], 16 to 15 [24/25 March]

Frazer Towers 17 to 15 [23/24 December], 15 to 18 [24/25 March]

Lily Towers 12 to 14 [4/5 November], 14 to 13 [18/19 November], 13 to 15 [9/10 December]

  Minto Golf Club - Mixed Winter League 2017/2018

 This is a competition open to all Gents and Ladies with an active Club handicap of any value and Juniors with handicaps 28 or less.  National handicaps on 1st November will apply initially but will change, for Winter League purposes only, during the competition.

 The competition will be played on Saturdays and Sundays from November 4th/5th to March 24th/25th. This gives a possible 21 weekends on which the League can be played.  Golfers can choose to play on either Saturday or Sunday.

 The format will be a 13 hole Stableford played over holes 1 and 7 to 18 using the Gents Stroke Index Gents and Juniors will play off the Yellow tees and Ladies will play off the Red teesLadies scores will be enhanced by 3 points to compensate for the 14th being a par 5 on the Ladies Index, the fact that the Gents tee on the 13th is advanced by 70 yards in Winter and experience with scoring in 2016/2017

 To allow the greens to thaw out, competition play should not start before 10amThe status of the Blue Disc on the first tee at 10am will determine what greens are used for play on any specific Saturday or Sunday.  If winter greens are used, the two putt rule will apply (i.e. if the first putt misses, the second putt will be given).  Competitors playing 13 holes only may start any time after 10am.  To allow an even flow of finishers through the Clubhouse and avoid a rush of catering requests at the same time, players are encouraged to start from the first tee.  However, it is recognised that this might not always be possible and players can start from any tee subject to standard rules of golfing etiquette on cutting in.

 If golfers wish to play 18 holes, e.g. by starting before 10am they can do so but cards will only be scored in the competition for holes 1 and 7 to 18 (and hole 1 should be played after 10am)

 To try and make the competition closer than last year, we will be reducing league handicaps for every 2 points or part thereof greater than 26 in any one week.  Similarly, handicaps will be increased by 1 for every 2 points or part thereof below 26.  For example, a score of 31 will attract a reduction of 3, while a score of 23 will yield an increase of 2.  A score of 26 will not generate any handicap change.

 There will be a weekly entry fee of £1 which should be placed in an honesty box that will be positioned on the Lounge Bar printer.  Signed cards should be placed in a box in the same place   Cards will be checked for Stableford accuracy and adjusted if necessary.  As far as possible, results will be posted on the website on Monday evening together with the updated League table.  Paper copies of the weekly results will be posted on noticeboards sometime before the next week’s competition is played.

Positions in the League will be determined by the aggregate of the best eight Stableford scores across the 21 weeks.  Prize money will be awarded each week to the first two places, after a contribution to Club Funds and a contribution to the overall League kitty.   Depending on the size of the final kitty, further prizes will be distributed to at least the first three players overall, possibly up to five.   

This is a social and fun competition.  National handicaps will not be changed as a result of scores recorded in any week.  Scores will not be recorded in the official Handicap systems.

In the event of continued bad weather rendering part or all of the course unplayable or especially slippery, the Competition Committee reserve the right to adjust the rules at any time.  For instance, play may be restricted to 10 holes on occasion and the required number of rounds contributing to the final score may be adjusted downwards.