The first meeting of 2012 brought a record turnout of 28 players, but unfortunately also brought the worst weather we've had for a few years!
Due to the heavy rain (and even some hailstones) not all players completed their rounds and the scoring was very low.
Dave Summerfield won the event with 34 points. Gordy was in second place with 33 points.
The second meeting of 2012 brought better weather than last month - at least it didn't rain!
We had another great turnout of 27 players and although the course were using winter tees/mats on most holes and some of the holes were playing a lot shorter than the card, it seemed like most people enjoyed Humberstone.
I think a visit in the summer when the course is playing it's full length and the greens are hopefully a lot smoother is definitely a possibility for next year.
Gordon Eyles won the event with 42 points and after finishing runner-up the previous month Gordy has earned himself an overdue 3-shot cut of his handicap.
Hemps was in second place with 41 points - if only he hadn't relaxed after winning his matchplay game!
The third meeting of 2012 brought decent weather and a great turnout of 28 players.
The course was in good condition but playing quite long, so scores were generally very low, with 17 players scoring below 30 points and getting a handicap increase, compared to only 1 player getting a handicap cut.
Views on the course were mixed, with some players thinking it is the best course they have played with the society and others feeling it was too long for a society course.
Dave Summerfield won the event with 38 points to earn a handicap cut of 1 and Gordon Eyles continued his fine run to finish runner-up with 34 points.
The fourth meeting of 2012 brought good weather after weeks of rain and a turnout of 25 players.
The course was in fair condition considering all the recent rain and without many hills it was a great society venue which gave players on all handicaps a chance to score well.
After the tough day last month there were generally a lot better scores this month, with 7 players earning a handicap cut and 6 getting an increase.
Views on the course seemed very positive overall and it is a course we will almost certainly play again in the future, probably later in the summer when hopefully we can see it at it's best.
Ivan Lester won the event with a massive 43 points to earn a handicap cut of 4, which included a back nine of just 2 over par.
Hemps took another runner-up spot with his second 41 point return in the 2 days he has played this year. It's a bit tough when your handicap is cut by 4 shots in 2 appearances and you don't get a win under your belt!
The latest outing of 2012 brought fairly good weather after weeks of rain again and a good turnout of 27 players, thanks to a few late subsitutes!
The course was in fairly good condition considering all the recent rain and the fact a river goes through a few holes. This may have been due to the high winds over the past couple of days drying out the course, although the little bit of wind left didn't help players.
Scores were generally very low, with only 1 player earning a handicap cut and 16 scoring below 30 points to earn a handicap increase unless they were already on the maximum. I'm not sure why scores were generally so low as the course seemed to play well and not too long.
Gordon Eyles won his second event of the year with 38 points to give back the handicap increase he earned last month!
Brian Seal took second place with 36 points, closely followed by Tibo on 35 points.
The sun was shining at last for our August outing! After the abandoned fixture in July due to the torrential rain it was nice to see people able to wear their shorts and some sunburnt faces after the round at Kilworth.
26 players made it to the event and all were treated to great weather and a really unforgiving course. The greens were excellent but getting to them proved to be a real problem for most! Once you went into the rough you were lucky to be able to find your ball, let alone play a good shot out of it! With most groups looking for balls on a lot of the holes, it made for a slow round.
As you'd expect with the tough conditions, scores were generally very low. Only 1 player earns a handicap cut while 16 scored below 30 points and will receive a handicap increase unless they are already on the maximum.
Caley managed to avoid the rough for most of his round to become the overall winner with what proved to be a massive 40 points.
Brian Seal took another second place with 34 points, beating Simon Hooper on countback.
The sun shone again for our September meeting - let's hope the better weather continures for the remaining events of the year.
26 players made it to Silverstone - a course that offered good scores for straight hitters and good putters but could still punish those who were a bit wayward or couldn't get the pace of the greens. Rather like Kilworth last month, some of the rough handed out severe punishment, but thankfully there wasn't as much of it at Silverstone!
Scoring was very mixed, with 2 players scoring 40+ while 12 players scored below 30 to earn a handicap increase unless they are already on the maximum.
Paul Hemphill took the course apart to become the overall winner with a massive 43 points.
Jason Smith finally found a bit of form to take second place with a very good 40 points, well clear of Caley in 3rd place with 35 points.
26 players made it to Ingon Manor and enjoyed plenty of sunshine before the rain. The course had seen a downpour in the few days before our visit so it played longer than usual and rewarded long, straight hitting.
Scoring was generally higher than our past couple of outings, with only 11 players scoring less than 30 points.
Nighty showed great consistency to take his first win for a while with 39 points, closely followed by Bert and Keith who both scored 38 points, so all 3 players will be cut 1 shot.
26 players made it to Whitefields and enjoyed a day of decent weather for November. The course was quite wet but in good condition and generally rewarded straight hitting.
Scoring was a lot higher than most outings this year, with only 4 players scoring less than 30 points and 9 players breaking the 36 point barrier to earn a handicap cut.
Ty overcame a very poor start to take his first ever win with a massive 41 points, despite 2 blobs! He was closely followed by Smithy and DK who both scored 40 points, so all 3 players will be cut 2 shots.
With several late dropouts, 21 players made it for the final event of the year and enjoyed a day of good but cold weather at Delapre. The course was very wet and was frozen in places, but overall it wasn't too bad for December and there was plenty of decent scoring, with 3 players scoring over 36 points and earning a handicap cut as well as 6 players earning a handicap increase.
Greeny mastered the conditions best of all to score 40 points and will earn a 2 shot handicap cut, while Brian (38 points) and Keith (37 points - 23 on the back 9) will be cut 1 shot.
The 2012 overall individual competition was decided in the very last group out on the course at the very last hole, with the watching crowd seeing Caley sink his putt for par to take the trophy by a single point from Keith.