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  • 26 May 2017 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Salamander Cup Fontainebleau, 19/05/ 17

    This 36th edition of the Salamander Cup presented itself this year very much under the auspices of climate change. Perhaps because the hard won COP 21 agreement is being questioned on the other side of the Atlantic, there were no Americans present, but a charming diversity of 12 nationalities, nevertheless. The day started, and finished, in brilliant sunshine, but in between we were treated to a full range of climatic variations. The apogee was reached when the green of the signature hole no 12 was covered in a thick layer of hailstones, necessitating fumbles in bags to find coloured balls to contrast with the ambient white.

    Notwithstanding this transient adversity, play continued apace, bringing into sharp focus the full splendour of the course, with the statuesque Charles IX oak frowning down on muffed shots. Luckily, Enrico Arietti distributed extra balls to everyone before the start (you must come back again, Enrico). Back in the Clubhouse, we discovered we were not the only ones to appreciate the charm of this centennial location, as Insead had decided to invade our traditional reserved domain with national alumni presidents starting out on the Alumuni weekend.  It allowed however some chance encounters, such as Peter Schuh, who, remembering his previous participation, will hopefully encourage a greater Germanic attendance in future, and just as hopefully a greater coverage of our activities by the Alumni Communications machine.

    The resulting din of the combined throng made difficult hearing for the proclamations of the winners. It is therefore worth repeating that the new holder of the Salamander Cup is Frédéric Timbert from an Exec programme, also a member, thus enabling our noble and otherwise energetic Baudouin the use of a caddie car. He scored a record 40 stableford points on his maiden appearance, followed at a distance by MG Gurbaxani and Jimmy He, both 2012, which facilitated the attribution of the Promotions Cup. Emmanuelle Peltre left a reduced ladies’ field standing with a more than creditable 36 – given the conditions – and James Andrews was forced to share the gross prize with Francois Gay-Bellie, another newcomer, on 18 gross points. Had we forseen a chance encounter prize, the latter would have shared it with Laurent Giacometti, both members at Zürich Golf Club, and unaware of the other’s presence. Benjamin Revillon and Patrick Poggia reinstalled France as the leading nation with a total of 67 points.

    Our thanks to camarades Olivier de La Giraudière for the always appreciated Lanson, Françoise & Bernard Montenay for the Chanel, and Michaël of the Restaurant for ensuring the encroachment did not affect the quality of the excellent supper.

    Students’ Match

    An experimental timing for the Students’ match on the Saturday saw us and the occasional student foregathering in Cely at midday for a shotgun start, supposedly at half past, but which the Club had advanced to quarter past. The briefing was therefore a paragon of brevity and concision, and somehow all 24 players finding their way to the right tee on a JIT basis, having picked up their picnic for on course munching. In contrast to Friday, the sun shone on the righteous or is that the right expression for students still able to play to low single figure handicaps, despite the heavy load of Insead case histories?

    However, one should not insist perhaps, as due to a comedy of errors in the constitution of the Alumni team, we were one short, the slot being duly filled by a super-numerary student. It was therefore poetic justice that the students carried the day for only the second time in history, led by their inspirational A ustralo-Thai lady captain Panita. Matches were hard fought, however, with half of them decided only on the final green. Panita accepted the new trophy, kindly donated by the NGF organisation, with great grace –she and her team mates will be welcome to join our other events in due course.

    Net stableford scores

    First name Last name H'cap Promo  Nationality Net
    Frédéric Timbert 24,2 2006 FR 40
    Emmanuelle Peltre 27,2 1985J FR 36
    Mrinal Gurbaxani 22 2012 IN 35
    Jimmy He 22 2012 CH 35
    Tim Morris 18,2 2005 GB 34
    Benjamin Revillon 28 2004 FR 34
    Patrick Poggia 25 1990 FR 33
    Frédéric Guyomard 24 1991 FR 31
    Ian Edwards 26 2001 GB 30
    Madelaine Giacometti 19

    29
    Enrico Arietti 22,6 2012 IT 29
    Hervé Allaire 14,6 1990 FR 27
    Laurent Giacometti 17,1 1973 SW 27
    Peter Skelton 22,9 1973 GB 27
    Luigi Mencarelli 28 1978 IT 25
    James Stewart 14 1977 GB 24
    James Andrews 7 2012 GB 23
    Giorgio Gristina 16 2007 SP 23
    Francois Gay-Bellile 7,5 2000 FR 23
    Jean Cailliau 14 1988 FR 23
    Jonathan Taylor 20 2006 GB 22
    Baudouin Contzen 24,3 1989 BE 21
    Scott Griffiths 28 2012 GB 19
    Bernard Montenay 24 1969 FR 18
    Grégoire Giraco 24 1979 LI 17
    Gunther Mauerhofer 17 1963 AU 16
    Jean-François Labbé 17 1977 FR 14
    Sheila Poggia 30

    13
    Daniele Stenico 28 2012 IT 1

     

    Closest to the Pin

    Jean Cailliau

    Longest Drive Ladies

    Emmanuelle Peltre

    Longest Drive Men

    Ian Edwards

    Coupe des Promotions

    2012 MG Gurbaxani and Jimmy He

    Coupe des Nations

    Benjamin Revillon and Patrick Poggia

    Anciens vs Students Cely 20/05/17 Four ball better ball - Matchplay

      Anciens   H'cap H'cap   Students Result
    James Stewart 1977 14 3 Marcel  Boezaart Lost 3&2
            5 Colin Haeusler  
    Gilles Bouché   16 7 Mark Pomroy Square
    Gunther Mauerhofer 1963 17 14 Simon Kriechbaum  
    Laurent Giacometti 1973 17,1 14 Alisha Varde Won 2 up
    François de Bernis 1996 17,5 14 Phil Kwong  
    Madelaine Giacometti   19 18 Michael Janov Lost 1 up
    Peter Skelton 1973 23 18 Scott Berdahl  
    Baudouin Contzen 1989 24,3 20 Ryan Africa Lost 6&5
    Jean-Luc Le Garrec 1978 28 23 Jean-Jacques Lafon  
    HO-IL BAE AMP13 35 25 Artur Sienczewski Lost 2&1
    Luigi MENCARELLI 1978 36 28 Panita Vongkusolkit  
  • 04 Apr 2017 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    Once again the fairways in the south of France were thronged with 31 hopefuls vying for the sumptuous prizes on offer at the SGS 2017 Spring meeting around Valbonne.  Olivier Seigneur graciously assumed the mantle of responsibility in the absence of the peripatetic Peter who had wisely looked at the forecast and fled a long way east to avoid the gathering storm

     

    Chateau de la Begude, which had successfully hosted our 2011 meeting, once again proved an ideal base for our opening salvo of 2017. A fair number arrived for the dinner on Thursday although some of the more junior elements took themselves off to the Michelin rated Colombe d'Or to dispose of excess cash 

     

    Friday saw the playing of our traditional better-ball competition round the rolling and watery terrain of St Donat which proved a fitting and enjoyable challenge. One couple in particular seemed to relish the course - Carolyn Edwards and James Stewart coming in with a laudable 41 points.  I nominate Carolyn as Captain of this pairing since, by James's own admission, she was the mainstay, at one stage contributing a net eagle for 5 points.

     

    On to Saturday and the Spring Cup at La Grande Bastide.  Despite dire predictions the weather dawned fair and early starters made it to the 10th before the clouds began to gather and the first spots were felt.  Within an hour most had trailed disconsolately back into the clubhouse bedraggled and soaked.  My own group reached the 17th tee but the sight of two ducks swimming across the fairway was sufficient to call a halt to proceedings.  Two resolute souls in the shape of Patrick Bodson and James Stewart managed to complete the course.  Their claims to the Cup on the basis of being sole survivors were given lengthy consideration by the Committee but ultimately denied!

     

    Our wise committee hastily convened an EGM and decided to defer the running of the Cup until Sunday.  This proved an inspired act of flexibility when we awakened to strong sunlight and no wind.  The course of Opio - Valbonne attached to the hotel was in excellent condition and offered many interesting ways to lose your ball so scoring was modest but the golf always interesting and enjoyable. Chris Skelton prevailed with a very average gross score and Brexited with a very nice and large bottle of bubbly - thanks very much!  The nett was won by an improving Klaus Ennemoser whose wife Sybil, sporting the best swing the SGS has seen in a while, also walked off with the ladies' gross prize with 18 points, while Irina, always competitive, shared the lead with Sybil for the ladies' nett, with 28 points.

     

    Many thanks to our traditional and faithful sponsors : Champagne Lanson and l’Occitane ; and to Florent Honoré of Golf de la Bastide who gave us some prizes to reward our stamina under the rain.

     

    Not to forget a warm welcome to our newest and youngest members : Amol and Komal Aggarwal. We all enjoyed their company ; and we hope to see them again in our next events.

     

    A very enjoyable weekend characterised by a bonhomie across nationalities which the separatists will never conquer.

     

    With apologies to those who enjoy my brother's inimitable writing style which I do not even attempt to match. He will be back since my offer to Olivier to take over the running of the society met with such firm resistance.

     

    Chris Skelton


    Baudouin, our official photographer did it again. A best of will be published this week.

  • 06 Dec 2016 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    38th Season  2017   Programme  

    Coupe du Printemps 2017, Opio, French Riviera               Friday/Sunday March 24-26

    Accommodation :-   Château de la Bégude**** http://www.chateau-begude.com    

     

    Friday March 24

    Tee Offs from 12h00 on the Golf de St. Donat www.golfsaintdonat.com

    The course, designed by R Trent Jones, is 10 km from Cannes, and rated among the top 50 in Europe.

    Dinner commencing around 20h in the Château de La Bégude

    Saturday March 25

    Coupe du Printemps Formula :- Individual Stableford 

    Tee Offs from 10h00 at the odiferous  La Bastide course, designed by Cabell Robinson, and offering superb views over Grasse and the provençal countryside ; this will prove a delight  for golfers and accompagnatrices alike.

    Spouses’ programme on Saturday

    Depart hotel  9h30 – visit the historic centre  Opio and the perfume town of Grasse

    Prize giving and cocktail in hotel from 19h   Dinner commencing around 20h00h

    Sunday 26 March

    Tee Offs at 8H30 via a shotgun on the Opio course adjacent to the hotel, designed by D. Haradine and opened in 1966. Formula:- Greensome,.

    13h00 Lunch in the Clubhouse & Farewells

    April Match against HEC to be decided

    Matchplay : Shotgun start at 8h45

     

    Friday May 26th      Salamander Cup, Golf de Fontainebleau,

    12h00 – 13h30 Tee Off’s Individual Stableford.

    Lunch box provided, & remember to observe the dress code

    18h30 Lanson Champagne cocktail & 19h00 Prize Giving

    Salamander Cup : Best net score, Ladies and Men.

    Coupes des Nations et des Promotions – Best two cards by nationality and promotion

    Lanson Precision Trophy – Ladies and men closest to the pin

    20h00  Dinner in Club House

    Saturday May 27th Participants Match, Le Coudray

    8h30 Meet in front of Clubhouse  Match play in pairs, net strokeplay

    13h30 Prize giving & lunch

    6-8 October, Channel Cup

    Lake Garda, Italy

    Palazzo Arzaga a magnificent 15th century mansion which has been carefully restored as a five star hotel.
    Nestling in the hills overlooking Lake Garda and some ten minutes south, the estate is surrounded by two golf courses, one of which is designed by Jack Nicklaus II and the other by Gary Player.

    More details to follow

  • 06 Dec 2016 5:40 PM | Anonymous



  • 06 Dec 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous

     It was 30 years ago in 1986 that the first real golfing encounter, pitting invading Inseadean continentals against the native Britons, took place, very near the point that Julius and his Roman army are thought to have landed some 2,000 years earlier. On October 6, 2016, we were somewhat less, at just over three score, nevertheless spanning 51 promotions, 1963 - 2013.

    Sandwich itself, a maritime centre since time immemorial and one of the original Cinq Ports, is redolent in history, as its narrow mediaeval streets with timbered houses, and its fortified walls and moat testify. Many chose to arrive to explore on the Thursday - our dinner on was held in the King’s Arms, a 500 year old public house, which had housed Henry VIII and other notables over the centuries, and which in the days of Elisabeth I was named the Queen’s Arms. As befits a coastal town, the dressed crab was quite remarkable.

    Our first (golf) course on Friday was the clifftop club of Kingsdown, not far from the better known one at Deal, but offering a superb view of the seaside resort of Walmer as we munched our bacon sandwiches. The Channel is visible from almost every hole, with the shores of France looming in the distance, providing consolation for those seeing their balls sliding off the steeply inclined fairways and greens to oblivion. Despite this, some creditable Greensome scores were recorded, and hearty appetites greeted the welcome dinner in the Bell afterwards

    Saturday brought the real match, with the valiant teams, twenty strong on each side, teeing off on the Princes’ links at the early hour of 8h30. The format was the same as that inaugurated in Medoc last year – a pairs competition, 4 ball better ball match-play. No fewer than 10 pairs were fielded by each camp, their composition kept secret and only announced the previous evening. In the final analysis, while the Islanders retained the Cup for a record 6th successive time to go 3 up in the series, it must be said that each match was fiercely contested and each result very close.

    Doubtless the heavy shower during the second nine must have dampened Continental spirits, and in one match, where the score at one point was 5 up with 6 to play, the victory which had seemed certain finally eluded that pair. The drama of the afternoon was eloquently captured in the speeches that evening from respective Captains Edouard and Torquil, unfortunately lost to posterity due to the absence of recording equipment.

    Those with sufficient energy remaining after the round were treated to a walking tour of Sandwich in the late afternoon, as the non golfing ladies had been in the morning. Many followed on to the Turner exhibition in Ramsgate in the afternoon, which had conveniently opened that day.

    Another early start on the Sunday morning followed the festivities of the previous evening, but the sacrifice of sleep was amply rewarded by brilliant weather and fantastic Turner-like skyscapes enveloped the course as we meandered our way along the links and into the rough. The scramble format meant that notwithstanding play proceeded at a good pace, and we returned to the Princes clubhouse before the Sunday roast lunch could become too overcooked for continental tastebuds. And so, sadly, we all departed, apart from Richard whose car had expired, exhausted (geddit?), perhaps like Richard himself who had almost carried off the feat of defeating a continental pair single handed the previous day.

    Results



     

     

  • 05 Jun 2016 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    35th Salamander Cup, Fontainebleau  

    Undeterred by threats of storms, the representatives of 8 nationalities and no less than 14 different MBA promotions assembled on the wild and wonderful course of Fontainebleau Golf Club for the 35th edition of the Salamander Cup. Their temerity was rewarded by beautifully clear skies, a gentle breeze, and a uniquely contrasted golfing experience.

    The winner was once again the course, as no one returned more net Stableford points than the quantity suggested by the handicap, despite the extra ones accorded by the slope. The critical level of 36 was achieved by only one player, Caroline Edwards, with Marcus Keane, from the 2006 promotion celebrating his 10 years after came near with 35. James Andrews topped the gross scores on 20 points, closely followed by James Stewart with 19. The British presence made itself felt be wresting back the Nations’ Cup from the more numerous French, and the Promotions’ Cup going to the 2066’s pipping the 1977’s.  Rich Robinson excelled in both power and precision by  winning both the longest drive and the closest to the pin ; however, the outstanding feat of the day must go to Michael Ullmann, shooting an eagle on the tricky 5th, where impenetrable rough awaits the wayward drive, gaping bunkers the topped approach, and a cunningly curving green diverts the straightest of puts.

    To cap a perfect day, the President, M. Jean-Paul Panié, and Director, M. Christian Majcher, presented the prizes, generously donated by Lanson and Channel, while lengthening shadows heightening the contrast between the shades of green as the champagne was sipped

    Students’ Match, Augerville La Rivière

    Rain had become a virtual certainty for Augerville on the Saturday, but as the intrepid students and anciens matches set off at 8h30, it had still not arrived. There was, as the morning progressed, a shower to make a brief appearance, but which did nothing to dampen the spirits, and the match finished in glorious sunshine. The new disposition of Augerville means that we no longer lunch on the terrace overlooking the Essone & the 18th hole, but the skewed beef is just as good, and in addition, we had a starter’s (geddit?) buffet. Countin,g the results was a nail biting affair, with first the students, then the anciens in the lead, the suspense maintained by the fact that a search party had to be sent out to  bring back the final pair. The anciens finally prevailed, maintaining their impressive lead in the series, despite the efforts of Captain Miguel Alves.

    Just in case the Students had insufficient reading matter, Gilles Bouché, longstanding member at Augerville; who also strengthened the anciens team, generously brought along a collection of lavishly illustrated books as prizes.

     Salamander Cup Results 

    Collective           

    Coupe des Promotions of the IAA  -             1. 2006 60 pts (Marcus Keane & Jonathon Taylor

    2. 1977 60 pts (James Stewart & J-F Labbé)

     

    Coupe des Nations           -                              1. GB 66 pts   (James Stewart & Tim Morris)   

    2. France 61 pts (Benjamin Revillon & Ho-Il Bae)    

    Individual

    Ladies                   Gross : Caroline Edwards                Net Bernadette Mauerhofer

    Men                       Net : Marcus Keane                           Gross : James Andrews 

    Longest drive                     Rich Robinson

    Closest to the pin              Rich Robinson   

    Students Match

    Result Professors
    Handicaps Students
    Lost 2 up Richard Robinson 9 12  William Jones 
      Gunther Mauerhofer 15 9 Parikshit Kumar  
    Won 3&2 James Stewart 15 18 Miguel Alves 
      Gilles  Bouché 16 30 Arvind Chandrasekaran
    Won 6&5 Avijit Das 17 26 Karan Kunjur 
      Mihir Jayaraman 20 28 Abhijeet Mohanty
    Lost 8&7 Luigi Mencarelli 28 30 LiLin Yonekura 
      Jean-Luc Le Garrec 28 30 Nikhil Khosla 
    Won 2&1 Ian Edwards 26 23 Peter Skelton
      Caroline Edwards 26 28 Bernadette
    Mauerhofer

    Salamander Cup

    Prénom Surname H'cap Nat. Promo
    Marcus Keane 18 GB 2006 35
    James Stewart 14 GB 1977 33
    Avijit Das 17 GB 2003 33
    Tim Morris 18 GB
    33
    Benjamin Revillon 31 F 2004 32
    Mihir Jayaraman 20 I 2010 31
    David Weinstein 16 I
    30
    Ho-il Bae 28 F
    30
    James Andrews 9 GB 2012 29
    Jean-François Labbé 17 F 1977 28
    Michael Ullmann 18 GB 1978 27
    Peter Skelton 23 GB 1973 27
    Willem J Prinselaar 10 B 1971 26
    Simon Fowles 12 GB 2011 26
    Torquil McAlpine 12 GB 1988 26
    Hervé Allaire 13 F
    26
    Bernard Montenay 23 F 1969 26
    Ian Edwards 26 GB 1991 26
    Richard Robinson 9 B
    25
    Olivier de Beausacq 12 F 1977 25
    Pierre Naudin 15 F 1995 25
    Jacques  Demol 17 B
    24
    Jonathan Taylor 20 GB 2006 25
    Jean Cailliau 15 F 1988 23
    Pierre Herrbach 17 F
    23
    Frédéric Guyomard 24 F 1991 23
    Gunther Mauerhofer 16 A 1963 18
    Patrick Poggia 25 F
    15
    Maurice Langlois 19 F
    14
    Luigi Mencarelli 28 I 1978 13
    Ladies




    Caroline Edwards 28

    36
    Bernadette Mauerhofer 30

    25
  • 05 Jun 2016 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    30th Channel Cup, Sandwich, October 2016 - Programme

    Friday 7th October 2016

    -          Morning foregather at Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club www.kingsdowngolf.co.uk

    -          Coffee & bacon rolls before 1st tee off at 11h30

    -          7.30 pm Dinner in The Bell, Sandwich http://www.bellhotelsandwich.co.uk/       

    Saturday 8th October 2016

    -          8h30 Channel Cup 18 Holes Prince’s Golf Club - Himalayas/Shore www.princesgolfclub.co.uk

    -          Afternoon : beer tasting www.shepherdneame.co.uk or personal pursuits

    -          7.30 pm Prizes & Dinner in The Bell, Sandwich

    Sunday 9th October 2016

    -          8h30 Sunday Scramble at Prince’s Golf Club (Shore/Dunes)

    -          1 pm Golfers Lunch served in The Prince’s Suite

    -          Departure

    Spouses Programme

  • 01 May 2016 3:54 PM | Anonymous
  • 10 Apr 2016 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    The only element missing from the Tournoi du Printemps was the sun, which for three consecutive Provençal days made only fleeting appearances. Luckily, the same could be said of the wind and rain, so that the little white balls could be pursued up the fairways, along the formidable roughs, and in the case of Ruedi, into the water.

    The courses of Pont Royal and Servanes form a vivid contrast. The former, a tortured course built on the hilltops surrounded by vines, with each hole separate from, and bearing little resemblance to, the one before. Many holes of Pont Royal are not for the faint hearted, particularly the par 3 played over a chasm of 150 metres.

    Servanes meanders placidly along a plain bordered by olive groves and the rocky escarpments of the Alpilles, without a house or road in sight – or rather one, occupied doubtless by some irreductible Gaulois.  Both are amply endowed with hidden brooks and opaque ponds, necessitating stops by the proshop to purchase more balls. At least the searches in the rough were rewarded by the fragrant scents of wild thyme and assorted herbs, and back in the Servanes clubhouse, by a tasting of the oil from the trees visited along the way.

    We were comfortably housed in the Moulin de Vernègues, dating from the 13th C, and  from which one can step onto the 3rd of Pont Royal. A former monastery and relais de poste hostelry, with cavernous cellars and an ancient door of solid oak, it now has more rooms, a spa, and a large pool area, courtesy Maranatha hotels, suggesting that a return trip in more clement weather might be called for.

    The elegantly prepared dinners were helped down by wines from the local Ch. de Calavon, finely blending an array of grape varieties for an agreeable finish. Watch out for their 2015 rosé which those of us resisting a siesta on Saturday to visit their cellars were luck to preview.

     

    As for the golf, in the pairs competition on the Friday, the pairings by promotion failed reach the level of the preferred partners, with Bernadette & Caroline leading the field, just in front of the formidable 88’s, with the ‘79’s trailing, having forgotten to score their card. In the individual competition on the Saturday, the MBA’s held sway, the ladies net won by Catherine (’78) and the gross by Stéphanie (’00), after a recount, the men’s net by the valiant James with two reconstructed knees, and the gross by Torquil with a magnificent 20 gross points . The Sunday scramble returned many scores below par, Chris, Catherine (encore elle) recording 74 gross (63 net).

    Our thanks to camarade Reinold Geiger for his generous L’Occitane gifts, shipped from nearby Manosque, Olivier de la Giraudière for the ever welcome Lanson champagnes, François Montenay for the Chanel, Patrice Poggia for the musical CD’s, Maranatha Hotels  for the weekend in Le Frégate, and Florence from Open Golf for the Carte Premium, & her fairy godmothering TLC!




















































































     



























































































































  • 10 Jan 2016 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    Salamander Golf Society 2016 Programme

     

    April 1-3  Tournoi du Printemps          Pont Royal & Servanes

    April 29 Match contre HEC                       Le Prieuré (West of Paris)

    May 27 Salamander Cup                           Fontainebleau (?)

    May 28 Match contre Participants       Augerville La Rivière

    October 7-9 Channel Cup                          Sandwich, GB

     


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